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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
10,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 142004

Silverado 2500

  • miles


On Sunday, March 14 my friend was hunting with a group of friends on a ranch in Tennessee. My friend shot his first Ram and then he and the guys loaded it in the back of the truck. Guys loaded into the cab and the bed of the truck. My friend and another man sat on the open tailgate. They were just going to ride down the two track a bit back to the lodge. They were going approximately 10mph. The tailgate broke. One man was thrown from the truck with minor injuries. My friend was thrown down and hit his head on the tailgate. He died Monday, March 15 of head injuries. He was riding in a '02 Chevy Silverado. Chevy recalled this truck for this problem on Monday, March 15. I believe you have your first fatality related to this problem. What do we do now?

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 302003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My daughter climbed up on the tailgate of my 2002 Chevrolet pick up and was standing up when the cables broke. The tailgate dropped and she fell to the ground landing on her tail bone.she was not seriously injured but was very stiff and sore and couldnt hardly walk for 3 days.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #1

Oct 052003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The tailgate cable broke while load an atv. The atv fell on the consumer breaking his shoulder in three places. Dealership indicated that this was caused by the tailgate rubber coating rusting.

- Hancock, MD, USA

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